a blog by Ellen Davies

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Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness is the act of bringing awareness to the present moment. Many of us have difficultly staying fully present. Our thoughts wander back into our past, reliving events over and over. Sometimes our thoughts jump ahead into the future, and we worry about possible outcomes. […]

August Summer Reading

August Summer Reading

I love talking about books! Here is a list of what I read in August: four good ones, and one stinker. What books have you read lately? The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand My rating: 4 of 5 stars A who-done-it set in Nantucket. Who […]

Chakra Clearing Meditation

Chakra Clearing Meditation

Here is a short meditation for Chakra Clearing. Enjoy. 

Working through my depression

Working through my depression

I have been feeling depressed these past several weeks. And this depression seemed to come out of nowhere. It was alarming, actually, how suddenly it just washed over me, like a rogue tidal wave.    Usually an episode of depression is triggered by something. But I […]

Finding common ground and healing our country

Finding common ground and healing our country

Did you cheer when Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked to leave a restaurant this past weekend?   I didn’t. The incident left me feeling apprehensive, not vindicated. Because now it just becomes easier for everyone to do that.   Don’t get me wrong — every […]

My own story about depression and anxiety

My own story about depression and anxiety

I am a yoga teacher who takes antidepressants. Yeah. Those two things just go hand-in-hand like peas and carrots, don’t they?   To clarify, I was taking antidepressant medications for a few years before I started practicing yoga. And I’ve been on them for over […]

How suicide affects us

How suicide affects us

I am in mourning for Anthony Bourdain, who committed suicide last week.   Yeah, I loved to hate watch his TV show. I liked him, but I hated him, too. His swagger, his ego, his love of potty humor—all that drove me crazy. I used […]

adventures in vegan cooking

adventures in vegan cooking

I’m a yogi, but I’m not a vegan, or even a vegetarian. However, I am exploring different dietary options. For example, I recently eliminated (almost) all dairy from my diet, and I’m amazed at the results. My allergies cleared up! Empowered by those results, I […]

Christmas anxiety

Christmas anxiety

Here is my post from last year about holiday anxiety. I thought it was worth reposting! Happy holidays!    This post is all about anxiety. I get holiday anxiety every year. It’s kind of a tradition with me. Ha, ha, get it? Holiday tradition?   […]

Gifts for the yogi in your life

Gifts for the yogi in your life

Welcome to the holiday season, everyone! I’m here today with some gift ideas for the yogi in your life. All my selections can be purchased online, because online shopping is convenient for just about everyone. But I also want to stress the value of shopping […]